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Galaxy S10e is a surprisingly good phone

I am in love with the Galaxy S10e. No, really, I am in love with this phone. Samsung has finally made a worthwhile compact flagship again. My colleagues Danny and Daniel had talked about how they liked the Galaxy S10e the most when they went hands-on with the three Galaxy S10 models before Samsung’s Unpacked event, and I can see why.

First off, that flat display makes the phone feel rather different. The main reason for that is basically the fact that we haven’t seen a Galaxy flagship with a flat display after the Galaxy S7, so the S10e feels quite fresh. The phone’s quite compact, more so than the Galaxy S8 or S9, thanks to the new Infinity-O display and smaller bezels. That and the lack of any curves make you feel much less worried when using the phone without a case. And what’s also surprised me is the battery life on the S10e.

A winner of a compact flagship?

With a 3,100 mAh battery under the hood, the Galaxy S10e isn’t expected to be an endurance champ. But it manages to last considerably long for its battery capacity. While the Galaxy S10+’ endurance isn’t that great for its battery size, the Galaxy S10e was the exact opposite. I’m assuming the lower-resolution display is helping things here. And perhaps Samsung should have done this earlier, as the Galaxy S10e’s lower display resolution doesn’t make its presence felt because of the small screen size. It may affect the virtual reality experience on Samsung’s Gear VR, but I’d say the trade-off is worth it because, after all, not many people use the Gear VR that often.

The only thing I’m truly missing on the S10e is a telephoto lens in the rear camera setup. The ultra-wide sensor is great to have, but the camera experience is still an area where Samsung’s smallest flagship misses out compared to the larger model(s). It also misses out on an in-display fingerprint sensor. I wouldn’t say that’s much of an issue, though, since the traditional capacitive fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10e is quicker and more consistently accurate being a tried and tested technology compared to the ultrasonic reader on the Galaxy S10 and S10+.

Overall, the Galaxy S10e is in a league of its own in Samsung’s tenth-anniversary Galaxy S lineup, and it’s a surprisingly excellent phone despite some of the shortcomings. We’ll talk more about those shortcomings in our Galaxy S10e review, so hang on just a little longer if you still haven’t been able to make up your mind about whether the S10e is a phone worth purchasing or not.

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

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Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s good to hear. It should be good for that price. When I use the Gear VR the screen must be switched over to WQHD. I imagine the quality of the 1080p screen won’t be so great with the Gear VR, though the fact that there’s a smaller screen and more ppi it might help a little. Definitely a very decent spec phone compared to iPhone XR. I don’t like the flat screen however. When I held it, it didn’t feel as comfortable or refined as my Note9. I know some do prefer flat screens, totally understand that, but it… Read more »

frontlinegeek
frontlinegeek

If the price is right in a year, I might upgrade to the 10e on account of the non curved screen alone. Hearing the rest of this just makes it an even easier decision. I REALLY hate the curved screen. I just wish there was harder glass on the 10e. Give me some GG3 or GG4 or how about some sapphire…

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

So a £700 phone is actually half-decent?

We’re so lucky LOL.

Ankit madaan
Ankit madaan

I m looking for s10e’s review all over and no tech site has yet done … really looking forward for battery performance

fcaroll
fcaroll

It shouldn’t be all that surprising for that price, we should just expect it to be a very good phone

Adnan F.
Adnan F.

I think that’s just what’s going to surprise people more as the S10e is overshadowed by S10 and S10+. It’s a genuinely good phone in its own right.

djcbs
djcbs

I really like the S10e. And if Samsung hadn’t been a c*nt and blocked rootless Substratum on the OneUI version shipping with the S10, I’d have switched to it already, instead of keeping the S7 until root is available for the S10e. The display resolution is still a bummer. But I don’t miss the zoom lens at all. The fingerprint scanner, however, is far better than any other side mounted one I’ve used from Sony. It’s placed too high? Yes. To unlock with your left hand is cumbersome. But if you’re using your right hand, it’s perfectly placed to do… Read more »

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

It’s a great phone. I may pick one up for work. It’s very compact and fast. Shame it does have the 3 camera on the back.

The FPS on the s10 is a tricky one and I am struggling with it along. I have to make sure that my fingers are not dry else I will struggle to unlock the phone

ironbat
ironbat

S10e black is my choice

locarno
locarno

“is quicker and more consistently accurate being a tried and tested technology compared to the ultrasonic reader on the Galaxy S10 and S10+.”

So Ultrasonic fps is bad ?

Martin R.
Martin R.

Ultra Sonic will be as good after 2 or 3 weeks when you have learned the precise spot to tap.

locarno
locarno

But if you place finger in precise spot. It is faster than traditional fps in s8/s9 ?

frontlinegeek
frontlinegeek

Jerryrig Everything did a test and it stops working when scratched above the ultrasonic sensor. So ya, I would call it bad.

I have no idea why the sensor on the back is such a problem. I like it back there fine on my S9.

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